I am a genuine “amateur” (in the sense of the Latin origin of its literal meaning, “a lover”) of what is good, beautiful, and true, wherever it leads. This inspires my spiritual and intellectual curiosity about anything that is relevant to what it means to be a human being who is fully alive in the realms of faith, theology, art, music, sports, politics, and beyond. This is what drives my desire to be part of Hyphenated Life.
As a son of the south and a child of the church, the reasons I originally embraced the Jesus path are not the reasons that have kept me on the journey. My academic background in religion and theology, thanks to Belmont University and Wake Forest University, helped “save my life” to be engaged in my life’s work that I enjoy now. I have discovered that following the teachings of a dark-skinned Jewish rabbi born to a refugee family has inspired me to be the most fully human person that I can be. The African-American theologian and civil rights icon Howard Thurman sums up this sentiment with one of my favorite quotes: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
I am exceedingly grateful to be the senior pastor of Pine Street Church of Boulder, CO, that powers this podcast and gives fullness to my life in pastoral leadership.
The most wondrous serendipity of my life is being the father to my children, Addison and Aidan. They are my greatest teachers and personal spiritual shamans.
My love for music is where it all began. From my childhood in the American Boychoir, singing on the renowned stages of the world, to dancing barefoot listening to the Punch Brothers at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, experiencing music has shaped and formed every part of me. Academically through bachelor's and master's degrees in music and professionally, working my way from bass section leader in the choir to Director of Worship and Arts at Pine Street Church in Boulder, CO. This life has led me down a path straddling the worlds of the sacred and the secular. Fascinated about this cultural divide I've largely dedicated my life to breaking this barrier by embracing the Madeleine L'Engle quote, "There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred..." When I'm not trying to change "The World", I'm loving "my world" where I live in old town Lafayette, Co with my amazing wife and partner, Emily, and our unbearably adorable baby boy, Calvin. We love cooking (especially grilling), and celebrating every moment of this beautiful life that we have on this amazing planet.